events | digwyddiadau
In addition to showcasing the work of local and national photographers, we run writing workshops and we hold regular sociable book related events, inviting authors to read and talk about their work at our popular 'First Thursdays'. We mark important points in the calendar - World Book Day, International Women's Day, Machynlleth's El Sueño Existe and Comedy Festivals, literary anniversaries and, in 2016 we launched our successful Pythefnos O Farddoniaeth, Pop-Up Poetry Fortnight.
SEEING PHOTOGRAPHICALLY - with Paul Hill and Maria Falconer - weekend workshop - Machynlleth - 2017
How we translate the three-dimensional world into an interesting two-dimensional picture is often referred to as the art of photography. It is called seeing photographically or camera vision. To orchestrate all those complex elements in front of the camera into an arresting and personally relevant image can be a problem, even for the experienced practitioner.
Over the course of this weekend Paul Hill MBE and Maria Falconer FRPS will guide you through a series of photographic exercises designed to improve your photographic vision and technique. And their quick feedback approach will help you learn directly from the pictures that you make as the weekend progresses.
An evening with Gillian Clarke - Wales' best loved poet introduces and reads from her latest collection Zoology, published by Carcanet, at this mid-Wales launch. This evening, held in the comfortable Foyer cafe at MoMA, Machynlleth, is organised by Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop. Friday 13 October 2017, 7.30pm - Tickets: £6, available from the bookshop, include a post-poetry glass of wine or juice. Book early, whilst the venue is more spacious there will still be a limited number of seats.
An evening with Internationally acclaimed poet, Menna Elfyn with poet and translator, Elin Ap Hywel. The mid-Wales launch of the eagerly awaited Bondo, published by Bloodaxe. This bi-lingual evening provides an unusual insight into that working relationship of poet and translator, within the intimate space of Pen'rallt Bookshop, so please book in advance as space is limited.
We are grateful to Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru / Welsh Books Council for their financial support for these outreach events.
ARCHIVE - FAY GODWIN DAY EVENT
Saturday 11 March, MOMA MACHYNLLETH
The day of talks, film, discussion and homage to British landscape photographer, walker and campaigner, Fay Godwin (1931 – 2005) included Don't Fence Me In* – an exclusive film preview and, in person a panel of photographers: Peter Cattrell, Pete Davis, Marian Delyth (chair); Professor Paul Hill; Film-makers: Charles Mapleston & Libby Horner (Malachite Films); Fay Godwin biographer & archivist: Dr Geraldine Alexander; writer Mike Parker; and many friends, associates and enthusiasts who gathered together in appreciation of Fay Godwin and her work.
Saturday 18 February - Saturday 1 April 2017 - FREE - AT MOMA MACHYNLLETH
THE DROVERS' ROADS OF WALES AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS
Fay Godwin's, 'The Drovers' Roads of Wales', with Shirley Toulson was published in 1977, early on in a career that spanned 30 years of unmatched photographic book production and exhibiting. Diane and Geoff have made a selection of vintage photographs, from those made by Fay Godwin, for the classic book, The Drovers' Roads of Wales (1977). These have been loaned from the National Library of Wales who purchased the set in 1987. It is 40 years since that original exhibition at the Anthony Stokes Gallery, London and Oriel Bookshop, Cardiff that later toured by The Photographers' Gallery, London. These are in the Pulpit Room gallery at MOMA MACHYNLLETH.
AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS charts Fay Godwin's landscape work immediately preceding The Drovers Roads and over the ensuing 30 years. We invited major figures in British landscape photography, Fay Godwin's son, Nick Godwin, associates of Fay Godwin, writers and art historians who remember her and her work, to each select an image and write an accompanying extended caption. New gelatine-silver, selenium toned prints of this selection have been made especially for this exhibition by her one-time printer Peter Cattrell using the original negatives, released for the purpose by the British Library.
FAY GODWIN . . . AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS - Geoff and Diane are planning a re-titled touring exhibition of this part of the project. The prints in the show represent some of what have become Fay Godwin's iconic landscape photographs as well as images rarely exhibited. All are contextualised by the extended captions written by the selectors. Together they provide an unusual, refreshing and very personal appraisal of a life-time's work. Do get in touch if you would like to know more and/or have suggestions for small public or private galleries, educational and other institutions who we might contact as we plan the tour during the coming three years. A showing of Malachite Films 'Don't Fence Me In' could also be included.
In addition to showcasing the work of local and national photographers, we run writing workshops (see below) and we hold regular sociable book related events, inviting authors to read and talk about their work at our popular 'First Thursdays'. We mark important points in the calendar - World Book Day, International Women's Day, Machynlleth's El Sueño Existe and Comedy Festivals, literary anniversaries and, in 2016 we launched our successful Pythefnos O Farddoniaeth Pop-Up Poetry Fortnight.
LIFE WRITING WORKSHOPS/GWEITHDAI YSGRIFENNU BYWYD
are programmed twice a year - please get in touch to find out more about the next set of workshops
If you write, or would like to write, from life - memoir, biography, travel writing, nature writing, family history - come along to our monthly guided writing workshops in Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop. (Bydd y sesiynau yn cael eu cynnal yn Saesneg, ond gobeithio y gall y cynghorion, technegau, ymarferion a syniadau gael eu cymhwyso i ysgrifennu mewn unrhyw iaith.)
Your tutor will offer tips, techniques and writing exercises.
Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop will offer tea, biscuits and an inspiring environment.
Your fellow scribes will provide company, encouragement and new ideas.
Four monthly workshops on Tuesdays: 7 March, 4 April, 2 May & 6 June 2017
£10 per session (£36 for all four paid in advance).
Your tutor: Helen Pendry has taught writing in Higher Education for many years and has also worked as an associate editor. With the support of a Literature Wales bursary, she is currently working on a novel which combines historical biography and fiction.
N.B. The workshops are suitable for those who have attended the Life Writing 1 and 2 courses, as well as those who are new to life writing.
Other upcoming EVENTS
ABOUT OUR Regular EVENTS
Besides the exhibition openings and gallery talks, we host monthly readings and discussions on the First Thursday of each month. Entry is free, with homemade cake, cheese scones and hot drinks provided. They are always well supported, so try to book early.
First Thursdays are popular not only with our customers but with the authors too, who find the intimate atmosphere and knowledgeable and enthusiastic audiences very much to their liking. These are sociable events, where people have the opportunity to meet others with similar interests. Some of the readings are in Welsh, some bi-lingual and some in English.
During the annual Mach Comedy Festival on May Day bank holiday weekend, we have a Lazy Sunday Morning event, with one of the performers from the festival who loves books. So far, this has included Josie Long, Rob Newman and Nat Luurtsema, Bridget Christie. These again are free, and usually packed! The Comedy Festival is great for Machynlleth – it's really well organised and at least doubles the population of the town. To find out more.
Workshops | gweithdai
Workshops happen throughout the year. Later in May 2017 a series of active writing and reading workshops are being planned. See the calendar for current information which will be updated soon.